Best Laid Plans, etc.

So, if you’ll remember back in November I wrote that this year I would absolutely NOT be knitting ANY presents? (If you don’t go read this first. Go ahead. I’ll wait.) Yeah, well joke’s on me.

It started out innocently enough. I decided I’d knit two pair of the super popular Manly Mitts for my husband’s company party gift swap. As 3 pairs had been requested (and received) by his coworkers, and it’s a quick and easy knit, I figured this would be simple enough.

Then I decided to knit 2 cup cozies for my youngest son’s PreK teachers as Christmas presents. Those were done in one long and sleepy night as I’d decided to do them a day before the last day of class.

Before all those, though, there was the cowl I knit for a friend. And the mitts I’m knitting for another friend. Said mitts are about 1/4 of the way done. Plus the thing I’m knitting for my mom, which I haven’t even cast on for yet. Oh! And the mitts I’m making for one of my youngest’s school friends.

I asked my husband the other night if I’d done the same thing last year. Apparently, yes, I had. And I’m sure I’ll do something similar next year. That’s ok because as the saying goes “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry” and if me driving myself slightly crazier is my awry, well I’ll take it. :)

What last minute knitting are you trying to accomplish in the next 15 days? Let me know!

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Perfection is NOT the goal

When I first started knitting (any of the times, because it happened EVERY time) I would knit for a few rows, find a mistake or twelve, get frustrated that it wasn’t “perfect” and quit. It took me much too long to realize that perfection is NOT the goal.

The goal is to make something. The closer to the pattern/idea the happier I am, I’ll admit. Attempting to make anything by hand and have it be perfect, though? That way lies madness.

Much like people, all the best handcrafted items have some sort of flaw. And if we’re 100% honest, the maker is the ONLY person that notices the “flaw”. I’ve seen more than one post on social media that is a picture of a finished object with the maker asking “How obvious is my screw up?” and I can tell you that even after scrutiny I can NEVER find it.

So, quit trying to make it “perfect” because nobody is perfect. Make what you love in the manner that makes you happy. And know that you have flaws (which aren’t negative) so your crafted item should have at least one, too. That way it’s an accurate reflection of your beauty out in the world for others to admire.

Everglade Hat

Where…

…did October go and how are we a third of the way through November already?! I decided early on in the year this year that I would not be doing any holiday gift knitting this year. I did, though, knit this super soft and warm hat for my mother-in-law’s birthday last month! I knit her an Everglade out of a skein of Malabrigo Worsted Merino. The colorway is Alpine Pearl and it looks SMASHING on her!

Everglade Hat

I also untangled a skein of yarn for a friend. Now, I’ll admit that sometimes untangling a skein of yarn is something that makes me want to cry. Other times, I find it oddly soothing. This was one of those second times.

Before and After
Before and After

And finally! I am nearly done with my oldest current WIP. A baby blanket that I started WAY back in January. I should be done with it no later than the first of the month, when it will be sent by a awesome friend of mine to his baby nephew in New Jersey! As soon as it’s all done I’ll let you know!

What sort of excitement have y’all gotten up to while I was MIA? Let me know in the comments!

Finishing The WIP Pile

I have a bad habit of starting a large project, getting not quite halfway done, and abandoning it for something new, and portable, and quick. Startitis is totally a problem I suffer from. So, high on the feeling of finishing my Wurm, I decided to knock out the one WIP that’s been languishing in the corner since January. (Really?! Jeez, I didn’t realize it was that long!)

So the Diagonal Baby Blanket is once again back in business. It’s not that it’s a hard pattern, it just seems to go on and on and on. And on some more. Luckily I’ve got more time recently to work on it and it seems to be moving at a pretty good pace. As of right now I’m nearing my halfway point and I know from experience that the decreases go MUCH faster than the increases. There’s also the bonus that any potential leftovers will go to my son’s pre-K class to be used in art supplies! Yay!

Once I hit the 50% point I’m rewarding myself with casting on Gansey Wristers in a skein of Creating by A Verb for Keeping Warm that I received as a gift. The colorway is called Aortic and it’s a tonal in shades of red. Wristers are my second favorite knitted item (after hats) and in my opinion there’s no such thing as too many pair!

What’s your current oldest WIP? Are you pretending it doesn’t currently exist or have you decided to tackle it in the hopes that you can start the new year with a clean knitting slate? Do you have a fun project to dangle as a carrot to keep you going?

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FINISHED!

It took me much longer than I wanted, but my Wurm is FINALLY FINISHED!!!!!! WOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!

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I’m so glad I finished this in time for the cooler weather that is coming. Eventually. It’s Florida so I’ve got awhile still, to be honest.

And since this is done it’s time for me to finish the blanket and sweater I have on the needles! I’ll most likely cast on something small and portable as well. I don’t like taking large projects out and about with me. How about you? Let me know in the comments!

Manic Monday

I officially have 2 kids in school. Thing 2 started Pre-K last week. While this will theoretically give me more time to write this lovely blog (which I have missed) and knit, so far it’s just meant I’ve had lots of labeling to do. And sewing!

My little man is a brony, and proud of it. However, it’s very difficult to find boy-ish My Little Pony things for little guys. So I made him his very own boy MLP backpack. I found a small Converse backpack that was navy blue with yellow (which is his favorite color) accents:

And I found some patches on Amazon 

 to turn it into this:

And as you can see, it made for a very happy boy on his first day of school.

In Wurm news, I’m decreasing as we speak. (Ok, not really, but humor me here. I stopped decreasing to write. :D) Tomorrow there will be pics! Is yours done? Link in the comments so I can love on your project page!

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Coming Out of the Dark

For the first time in two weeks I feel like myself. Nobody tells you that even once you have the appropriate medication to help you, you still can fall down. The important thing is to keep taking your meds until you can stand back up.

Now that I’m on my own two feet again, I realized how much I missed sharing my knitting with you all. A side effect of my ennui for the past two weeks has been that I haven’t knitted more than 2 or 3 rows on my Wurm. I hope everyone else has been knitting away, because I can’t wait to see what yours looks like.

I’m about halfway done now. I’m hoping that Florida actually gets some cold spells this year so I can wear all my fabulous new hats I’ve been knitting. I might even finish my sweater before next summer! (Ambitious, I know!)

If you are Wurm-ing along with me, post your pics or link your Rav project page in the comments! I want to go spread the love I’m feeling today with all of you who’ve waited so patiently for me!

Blech

I’ve been trying to deny it all week. I didn’t want to admit it had happened. But it has.

I am in a knitting slump.

I have gorgeous yarns. TONS of patterns. Lovely notions. Pretty bags to tote around projects. Wonderful needles.

And yet. Blech.

I’m going to try to knit at least a little bit on my Wurm. I know in the past that not knitting has made knitting slumps last much longer for me than just making the thing with sticks and string.

How do you break out of your knitting slump? Have you been lucky enough to never have one? Let me know in the comments. :)

Restless Yarn Syndrome

I suffer from RYS (Restless Yarn Syndrome) right now. I got some GORGEOUS yarn in my swap package. It is Paca Peds by The Alpaca Yarn Co. in the My Darkest Secrets colorway.

It probably isn’t helping any that I have the yarn sitting there, taunting me, from my desk. I have more than one skein of yarn that is languishing waiting for me to find the perfect project for it. Like my two(!) skeins of Wollmeise that I managed to snag in an early morning shop update.

What do you do when you have special yarn that needs an equally special project? Let me know in the comments! And feel free to link your favorite patterns, too. :)

It began with a lovely card. (The box was also decorated with Hello Kitty Stickers!)

It Came!

I know I’ve mentioned before my absolute love of swaps. I won’t say I sign up for EVERY swap that comes my way, but it’s definitely 75% of them. Just recently I had a blast doing a Krampus in summer swap with some awesome people and I must say, I won with the person who sent my package.

My amazing friend Brenda called dibs on me and put together the most awesome Krampus package the world has yet to see. I could go on and on, but you know what they say about pictures, so here is my majestic Krampus present!

It began with a lovely card. (The box was also decorated with Hello Kitty Stickers!)
It began with a lovely card. (The box was also decorated with Hello Kitty Stickers!)
The box was packed to the brim with all kinds of goodies!
The box was packed to the brim with all kinds of goodies!

Among other things there’s a GORGEOUS skein of sock yarn, a tiny Totoro figure, several My Little Pony small figures, a bottle of my favorite brand of nail polish (Zoya), and a one of a kind eyeshadow specially made just for me! :D

Of course, I wasted no time adding Totoro and the Ponies to my collection.
Of course, I wasted no time adding Totoro and the Ponies to my collection.

Now I have to deal with the difficult part, which is waiting for my recipient to receive THEIR package. I had so much fun putting something together for them, but I won’t find out until THURSDAY what they think of it all! O.o In the meantime, I’m working on my Wurm and stalking Ravelry to find the perfect pattern for my yarn!

 

 

 

 

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